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April Thaw Softball event coming to NHS

Wednesday, April 4, 2018 by katie mcdonald in Sports

Bethlehem Special Olympics, Northampton High School softball, and 7 Deadly Spins Fastpitch are working together on an April Thaw Softball event scheduled for April 22 at the Northampton High School softball field.

What began as plans for a unified softball game with high school players is becoming a three-hour afternoon and evening of skills competitions, skills development, and the softball game.

Unified sports joins people with and without intellectual disabilities on the same team.

Alex MacLean, owner and lead instructor at 7 Deadly Spins Fastpitch, who had been involved with Northampton County Special Olympics in the past, ran into one of the Special Olympics softball coaches recently, and from there, the idea of the April Thaw Softball event began to evolve.

“When head and heart are in the right place, you’re bound to do some cool things,” said MacLean. “I’m really excited to see my students play with Special Olympics, sharing a love for the game together.”

Gary Winkle, a member of the Northampton High School booster club, has become the field liaison and contact person for basket raffle donations and T-shirts. The concession stand will also be open, and all proceeds from the day will benefit Bethlehem Special Olympics.

Volunteers are still needed in order to make the day a complete success and can sign up online at under the April Thaw Softball Event tab at the bottom of the page.

There are three types of sign ups: unified game players, skills competition/skills circuit volunteers, and general volunteers.

In addition, MacLean can be reached at